Eleven-year-old Isabel Young has been performing in Sydney Eisteddfod since she was seven. She has won awards in a number of sections including speech and drama, vocal performance, musical theatre and classical singing.
"I enter a lot of different sections, I suppose I’m trying to learn how to be an all-round performer. I love singing, acting and public speaking. I feel a bit of excitement before I get up on stage but when I start performing I’m in the moment and all my nerves fall away," said Isabel.
"Singing and performing is a part of my blood. I love the feeling of being up on stage. I just feel free," she said.
"I hope to stay involved in music and performance when I grow up," she said.
Isabel has been selected as a ‘Featured Artist’ in the “2018 Schools Spectacular” where she will be performing live on stage at the 21,000 seat Qudos Bank Arena on 23rd and 24th November.
Isabel says that she is honoured to have been selected and she is thrilled to be performing on such a large stage with some wonderfully talented young performers.
Isabel has also been invited to sing “The Prayer” a duet with her older brother Alexander Young, also a Sydney Eisteddfod alumni, at the 2018 Manly Christmas Choral Concert, an annual event attended by several thousand local residents and families of the Northern Beaches, on 6 December at Manly Oval.
Isabel says that her brother Alexander inspired her to start singing.
"He is studying to be an opera singer and when I was smaller I used to come and watch him compete at the Sydney Eisteddfod. I guess I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps," she said.
Isabel has also landed a part in "3 Weeks in Spring" in 2019.
"When I was only eight years old I was lucky enough to be in the Australian production of The Sound of Music. Ever since then I’ve been hoping to be cast in another professional musical. Now, I’m thrilled to say that next year I’ll be part of a new Australian musical called “3 Weeks in Spring” at the State Theatre.
"I play a young girl waiting for her daddy to come home from the war and I get to sing a lovely and very sad song that always makes me cry when I sing it," she said.